Up to his final work, he appeared to be the physicist who most sought that dimension of action which Max Planckat the beginning of the 20th century, had shown to be the only universal unity with his dimension of entropy.
This wavefunction gives an appearance of wave behavior to matter, without making real physical waves appear. In fact, Maurice maintained his own home laboratory at the family residence in Paris.
But his mark on physics remains. And admitting the wave properties of electrons was the basis for inventing the electron microscope released inwhich allows us to see things much smaller than typical optical microscopes permit, because the wavelength of the electron is much shorter than that of photons of visible light.
Pollen grains image taken on an electron microscope, an application of the de Broglie hypothesis. De Broglie studied history and law at the Sorbonne, thinking he would join the civil service, but then he became enthralled with theoretical physics, no doubt influenced in part by Maurice, also a physicist.
The central question for him was whether the statistical considerations that are fundamental to atomic physics reflect an ignorance of underlying causes or whether they express all that there is to be known; the latter would be the case if, as some believe, the act of measuring affects, and is inseparable from, what is measured.
This Month in Physics History October 18, Louis de Broglie elected to Academy Prince Louis de Broglie One of the weirdest aspects of life on the quantum scale is the fact that all particles sometimes behave like waves.
Deriving the de Broglie Wavelength From the discussion of the photoelectric effectwe have the first part of the particle-wave duality, namely, that electromagnetic waves can behave like particles.
His sister envisioned a shining future as a statesman for the young Louis, given his love for history and politics.